The town of Edenton is guarded by several cannons which were shipped there in July 1778. The citizens, however, had not expected their arrival, and they did not have the funds to pay for them. Later, it was discovered that American agents in France had arranged the order and never notified Edenton's citizens. Fearing that Lord Cornwallis might seize them on his way to Virginia in 1781, townspeople dumped the cannons into the river. In 1785, the cannons were raised and are again stationed around the town. They were never fired in defense of the town.